Reel Grrls Board
Jennifer Geist joined the Reel Grrls Board in 2009, a few years after her daughter completed Reel Grrls' award-winning video production program, Lights, Camera, Reel Grrls!. She had an outstanding experience working on a team, crafting a story, and creating an experience for their audience. Jennifer has worked in the education field for 20 years, as a language teacher, curriculum writer, and media arts coach, all with a focus on globalizing classrooms by using these tools to bring international perspectives to our thinking. Language and multimedia connects our students to the world, and the world to them. Zeitgeist Creations is her consulting company, and she works mostly in Latin America and the Middle East. Her favorite part of being on the Reel Grrls board is the vision of the staff, mentors and students working it all through, tackling the struggle, and all with such mutual respect and admiration. Reel Grrls is the best of humanity, it is high quality education, and she feels lucky to be a part of it. Some women she admires are Allison Warren, Chavela Vargas and after the Democratic National Convention on September 4, 2012 – Michelle Obama. A favorite film of hers is Benny and Joon, and her favorite director is Jane Campion.
Michael Herschensohn is the former executive director of Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, Northwest Folklife Festival and The Children’s Museum. He is currently the President of the Queen Anne Historical Society and has extensive experience serving on non-profit boards, including Historic Seattle and Committee for Children.
Michael received a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell.
Mandy Hubbard is an educator, musician and filmmaker who received her BS in Education from New York University, a Masters of Education from the University of Washington, and has worked for over ten years in a variety of educational settings, including public and private schools as well as a variety of youth development organizations. As a filmmaker, she has won numerous awards for her work on documentary shorts with the Union Street Films Collective, including Best Picture in the 2008 International Documentary Challenge as a co-director.
Cori Ready is an event designer, scene maker and entrepreneurial community builder who has managed campaigns turning out superior product with attention paid to the smallest of details for clients like Vulcan, Zaaz, PopCap Games, Forest City, Publicis, Maveron, EMP, KEXP and more. Specializing in strategic partnerships, Cori had the ability to lead or direct cross-functional teams across multiple geographical locations in experiential marketing campaigns and execute events for up to 25,000 people. An expert public speaker, she provides turn-key solutions for ideation to execution. A fast-thinker fluent in innovation, Cori cost effectively and efficiently utilizes heterogeneous resources with every project. In addition to RG, she also is a bard member for Seattle Design Foundation, member of the Seattle Parks Foundation Communications Committee, and a member of ARCADE Magazine Special Events Committee. Cori was named Best Event Planner by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine in 2008 and Best Entrepreneur by CRAVE in 2008. Three women she admires are Angela Davis, Michelle Obama and Marina Abramovic. Her favorite films are Shadows by John Cassavetes and Naked Spaces Living is Round by Trinh T. Minh-ha.